Stay safe on the road
The Marlborough Highway Patrol expects Marlborough roads to be busy between 10am-3pm today as people travel from where they spent Christmas to holiday destinations or home.
Patrol leader, Sergeant Barrie Greenall said people should take extra care on the road due to likely debris on the road and slippery diesel patches, following the first rain for some time.
Extra staff would be patrolling roads today, he said.
No extreme speeds were clocked on Christmas Eve, the busiest day of the year on Marlborough roads, he said.
However, officers issued slightly more infringement notices than usual.
Limited ferry crossings across Cook Strait had lifted the standard of driving on State Highway I between Kaikoura and Picton, Mr Greenall said.
People organised their journeys better knowing if they missed their ferry crossing they would have to wait a long time for another booking.
''The vast majority were well behaved.''
Drivers caught going more than 4 kilometres an hour above the official speed limit during December and January could face a fine, in a nationwide bid to lower the summer road toll.
- The Marlborough Express